Softball News Archive

  • UH-Victoria head softball coach Lindsey Ortiz announced the signing of two junior college transfers for the 2020 season, according to The Victoria Advocate. Signing with the Jaguars are Zoe Miranda from Navarro College and Dominque Garcia from San Jacinto College. During her two-year Navarro career, Miranda played in 92 games, batted .378 (99 hits in 262 at-bats) and scored 52 runs. Miranda slugged 13 home runs and 20 doubles and drove in 84 runs for the Bulldogs. Miranda, a 2017 graduate of Burleson High School, was a three-time. first team all-district selection. She was also recognized on the all-district academic team all four years. In her 2019 sophomore season, she compiled a .408 average with 40 RBI, 29 runs, seven home runs and seven doubles in 42 games for NC. UH-Victoria, a member of the Red River Athletic Conference, finished 33-12 overall and 18-3 in conference play last spring.

  • Two rising sophomores from coach Jessica Karenke-Burke’s Navarro Bulldogs softball team were selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Midwest Region Honor Teams. Third baseman Sarah Koeppen earned first-team recognition, and outfielder Jada Woolley claimed second-team honors. Koeppen and Woolley led Navarro in most individual offensive statistical categories during the 2019 spring season. Koeppen, with a .444/.506/.863 slash line, hit a team-high 18 home runs and led the club in runs-batted-in (58), runs scored (53), total bases (132), extra-base hits (28) and walks (18). Woolley, who earned an NJCAA Player of the Week award, slugged 11 home runs, drove in 41 runs and scored 32. She was second on the Bulldogs in total bases (103), extra-base hits (23), and walks (11). The NFCA Midwest Team is dominated by Region XIV players LINK:   NFCA Midwest Team

  • Five members of the Navarro softball team earned Region XIV All-Eastern Conference honors. Freshmen first-team selections included third baseman Sarah Koeppen and outfielders Jessa Johnson and Jada Woolley. Second-team honors went to freshman shortstop Madison Pond and sophomore second baseman Kamryn Wells. Koeppen led the Bulldogs in eight offensive categories this season and ranked second in five others. She topped team statistics in home runs (18), runs-batted-in (58), hits (67), runs scored (52), walks (16), extra-base hits (28) and total bases (109) with a slash line of .444/.506/.863. Johnson shared the team’s stolen-base leadership with 19 steals in 20 attempts, hitting .403 in 46 games. Woolley had the team’s top individual slash line with .474/.519/.888 and won an NJCAA Player of The Week honor April 28. During a seven-game hitting streak that began April 19, she was 15-for-19 (.789) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. In that time, she walked six times and scored 10 runs. Pond batted.405, scored 41 runs and stole 19 bases. She hit safely in 38 of the 46 games in which she played and finished the season hitting safely in 12 of her final 13 contests. She was second on...

  • DIAMOND NOTES that didn’t make the weekend Twitter or Facebook baseball and softball coverage because of overlapping doubleheaders and time constraints. + The Bulldogs have played 21 games against 11 teams that received ranking this spring in the NJCAA Division I Softball Polls, including squads that were ranked 1-2-3 for four polling periods (Florida SouthWestern, Chipola, Tyler). NC also played single games against two ranked Division II opponents (LSU-Eunice and Iowa Central). + Second-game home runs Sunday by Carmen Acosta and Sarah Koeppen pushed the Bulldogs’ season total to 46, surpassing the 2005-06 team’s documented total of 44 amassed by nine different players. Six players – Koeppen, Woolley, Miranda, Davis, Acosta and Loper – account for NC’s 46 this spring. + The Bulldogs are 87.1 percent on steals this season (81-of-93). Second baseman Kamryn Wells is a perfect 10-of-10, while outfielder Jessa Johnson is 17-of-18. + Koeppen is tied for eighth place nationally in home runs with 18. She is one of three Texas junior college softball players listed in the Top 10. Howard shortstop Amanda Gonzalez leads the NJCAA with 26. Koeppen shares eighth place with Grayson leftfielder Jade Miller. Midland third baseman Yvonne Hernandez, with 17 home runs,...

  • Navarro freshman Jada Woolley was named Wednesday by the NJCAA as its Division I Softball Player of the Week. Woolley was recognized for a weekly award in which she posted a slash line of .800/.850/1.600, but the Corsicana freshman’s actually been on a longer tear than that. Woolley’s blistering seven-game hit streak ended Sunday during Navarro’s 17-15 Game 2 win against Paris. Since an April 19 doubleheader here against Northeast, she had hit a mind-boggling .789, going 15-for-19 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. She also walked six times, scored 10 runs and totaled 32 bases over the seven-game stretch as the Bulldogs continued to wage their battle for a Region XIV Tournament berth. During the streak, Woolley had four multi-hit games bringing her season total to 16.  She went 3-for-5 during the run-ruled doubleheader sweep here over Northeast, 7-for-8 in two games at Bossier Parish and 2-for 3 against Angelina here. Her season slash line of .474/.519./.888 tops the club.  She ranks second in home runs, walks and total bases and third in doubles, triples and runs-batted-in this season.

  • COLUMBUS, Ga. — Navarro middle-infielder Kamryn ‘Kamo’ Wells was named to the NFCA’s NJCAA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament Softball Team last weekend in Columbus, Ga. Wells went 11-for-19 (.579) at the plate during the five games.  She doubled twice, scored six runs and stole six bases for the Bulldogs against Wabash Valley, Tallahassee, Florida SouthWestern, and Seminole State College of Florida during the classic.  She had two hits in each of Navarro’s first four games and wrapped with a 3-for-4 against Seminole State. Navarro (13-10) is scheduled to host Western Nebraska Community College (10-12) for a Thursday non-conference doubleheader.  The Bulldogs open the Region XIV East Zone campaign here Friday against Bossier Parish. Leadoff Classic All-Tournament Team Amber Parker, Central Alabama Mia Ruther, Des Moines Area Rebeca Laudino, Florida SouthWestern State Hannah Poole, Gulf Coast State Sam McKee, Illinois Central Dawn Bodrug, Indian River State Kayla Collins, Jones County London Jackson, Kirkwood Taylor Hulett, Lansing Jensen Howell, LSU-Eunice Kamryn Wells, Navarro Makiya Giles, Northwest Florida State Paige Webster, Rock Valley Ashley Ramber, San Jacinto College-South Taylor Langworthy, Seminole State College of Florida Hailey McEldowney, SinclaIr Mirah Clark, Wabash Valley Mabry Norris, Wallace State

  • COLUMBUS, Ga. — Navarro Softball Coach Jessica Karenke-Burke claimed her 600th head-coaching victory here Friday as her Bulldogs (13-7) won the first two games at NFCA’s NJCAA Leadoff Classic. The Bulldogs secured No. 600 with a 10-2 win over Tallahassee Community College’s Eagles in six innings.  Win No. 599 was a 6-3 tournament-opening victory over the Wabash Valley Lady Warriors. Thanks to an adjusted schedule prompted by the increasing likelihood of rain Sunday, the Bulldogs will play their crossover pool game at 6 pm CT Friday against unbeaten, top-ranked Florida SouthWestern State (26-0). The 19-team field will play Gold and Silver Bracket Tournament games Saturday.

  • COLUMBUS, Ga. – Navarro Softball participates in the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Leadoff Classic March 8-10 at The South Commons Complex. Coach Jessica Karenke-Burke’s Bulldogs (11-7) will compete with 18 other squads during the NJCAA-version of the Leadoff Classic. Weekend weather forecasts issued Wednesday call for 70-degree high temperatures under cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of thundershowers daily, but that won’t stop the Bulldogs in their quest to reach a significant milestone for their head coach. ‘Coach K’ will try to secure a 600th career head-coaching victory during the classic.  Now in her 18th Navarro season, she is two wins away — with a record of 598-339 (.638).  Karenke-Burke’s led the Bulldogs to six Region XIV Conference Championships and 14 post-season tournament appearances. The 19-team field includes 11 teams ranked Tuesday in the first regular-season NJCAA Polls — 10 that were listed in NJCAA Preseason Polls released in late January.  The group includes four Division I entries: unbeaten, top-ranked Florida SouthWestern State, No. 9 Wallace State of Hanceville, Ala., No. 14 Gulf Coast State, and No. 16 Seminole State College of Florida.  Six squads among Division II’s Top 10 will compete, including top-ranked, defending national champion Jones...

  • Play Ball! It’s almost time! Navarro Softball and Baseball have been preparing for their 2019 regular seasons, and their openers are just days away. Bulldog Softball makes its official debut Friday, January 25, when it plays in Galveston College’s two-day Island Invitational at The Lassie League Complex. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play five games in two days. Navarro’s Friday schedule includes games with Chipola College at 9 am, Lake Land College, Ill., at 1 pm, and the University of Houston-Victoria at 5 pm. On Saturday January 26, NC is set to face Snead State, Al., at 11 am and LSU-Eunice at 3 pm. Navarro’s home-opening doubleheader is scheduled at 1 pm Wednesday, January 30, against Western Texas College. Meanwhile, Bulldog Baseball opens its season at Temple College against the Leopards with a 2 pm Friday single game. Then, the teams will conclude a three-game, non-conference series with a noon doubleheader at Graham Field on Saturday, Feb. 2. Softball and baseball schedules are posted online and in printable pdf form here at the Navarro College Athletics website.

  • The Corsicana ISD Board of Trustees Monday approved Courtney Anderson as the new head softball coach for Corsicana High School. Anderson spent the last 11 years as the assistant coach of the Navarro Bulldogs, working with head coach Jessica Karenke-Burke. “We are so pleased to have Coach Anderson lead our softball program at CHS,” said Shade Boulware, principal of CHS. “She has been successful on the collegiate level both as a player and as a coach. She comes highly recommended from her colleagues at Navarro College.” In 2003, Anderson graduated from Coppell High School with a highly successful high school softball career. She joined the Navarro Bulldog team and was successful in gaining both All-Region and All-Academic honors. Anderson continued to play at the University of Texas in Arlington before she graduated in 2007 with her bachelor’s degree. In 2007, she joined Navarro College as the assistant softball coach. From 2008-2018, the Navarro Bulldogs have had four Conference Championships (2010, 2011, 2014, 2015), three Regional Championship Appearances (2010, 2011, 2015), and one National Championship Appearance (2015). Anderson was named two times to the Region XIV Coaching Staff of the Year (2010, 2014). She has coached 57 players who committed to...

  • June is Navarro College Athletics’ Camp Month. All types of camps for youths of varying ages are open and available now:  Soccer, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball.  Detailed information, registration forms and waivers are available by clicking on “Athletic Camps” along the top toolbar on the Navarro Athletics webpage front and selecting the camp from the pull-down menu. Check your calendars.  Sign up for a great fun and learning experience! SOCCER:  June 4-7 — Kids Day Camp for Ages 6-12 (Roark Montgomery Soccer Complex) VOLLEYBALL:  June 12-14 — All Skills Camp for 6th, 7th and 8th graders (8 am until 11 am) VOLLEYBALL:  June 12-15 — High School Speciality Camp (1 pm until 4 pm) (Wolens SEC) BASEBALL:  June 18 — Class of 2018 and 2019 Showcase (8 am registration at Graham Field) SOFTBALL:  June 18-22 — Overnight Campers for ages 9-18. (Cummings Field) SOFTBALL: June 19-22 — Day Campers for ages 6-18. (Cummings Field)  

  • Six members of the Navarro Bulldog softball team were named in some capacity to the 2018 Region XIV East Zone All-Conference Team released Thursday. Sophomore outfielder Maddie Moore and freshman designated player Zoe Miranda were selected by league coaches as first-team players. Second-team selections included freshman pitcher Chelsea Vandiver, sophomore catcher Taylor Goulet, freshman second baseman Kora Heine, and sophomore centerfielder Krissy Johnson. Coach Jessica Karenke-Burke’s Bulldogs completed a 26-22 season and a 15-13 mark in East Zone. Click on the links to see each all-conference team: 2018 Region XIV East Zone All-Conference Softball Teams 2018 Region XIV South Zone All-Conference Softball Team

  • PORT ARTHUR — The schedule for the 2018 NJCAA Region XIV Softball Tournament has been posted. The four-day tournament begins Friday, May 4, at Martin Field in Port Arthur.  Four qualifiers from the East Zone will be matched up against the four from South Zone in first-round matchups. The double-elimination tournament is scheduled to conclude Monday, May 7. FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018 Game 1 – 10 am — East #3 v South #2       (TVCC v Blinn) Game 2 – 12:30 pm — East #2 v South #3  (Bossier Parish v San Jacinto) Game 3 – 3:00 pm — East #1 v South #4  (Tyler v Coastal Bend) Game 4 – 5:30 pm — East #4 v South #1  (Angelina v Galveston) SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018  Game 5 – 10 a.m. – Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 1 Game 6 – 12:30 p.m. – Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 4 Game 7 – 3 p.m. – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 Game 8 – 5:30 p.m. – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018 Game 9 – 10 a.m.- Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 5 Game 10 – 12:30...

  • By MIKE MONTFORT   PHOTO GALLERY LINK:     Keith’s Sports Photos on Facebook —  Angelina claimed the Region XIV Tournament’s final available qualifying spot Saturday, but it took extra innings for the Roadrunners to deny the battling Bulldogs of a Game 1 comeback victory. The Roadrunners scored an 11-9 win in eight innings that eliminated Navarro and kept coach Jessica Karenke-Burke’s Bulldogs out of the tournament for a second consecutive season. The Bulldogs, however, bounced back and closed their season with a 6-1 nightcap victory over AC that left Navarro with a 26-22 season record and a fifth-place 15-13 mark in East Zone play. GAME 1: Angelina 11-9, (8 innings) Navarro led 4-3 after 6 innings of an intense pitching duel Angelina’s Shelby Mixon and Navarro’s Chelsea Vandiver. Angelina erupted for five seventh-inning runs to lead 8-4.  After shortstop Nikki Whitehead’s leadoff walk and rightfielder Jessica Husband’s bunt single, Kiriany Hornberger ripped a two-run double. Designated player Brette Kohring and third baseman Rachel Agnello laced run-coring singles to highlight a 10-batter inning. Navarro, playing its seventh doubleheader within two weeks, mounted a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game.  Sophomore Taylor Goulet’s one-out, two-run...

  • After a near seven-hour doubleheader softball loss here Friday, time may be running out on the Navarro Bulldogs in their quest to secure one of the four East Zone berths for the Region XIV Tournament. Coach Jessica Karenke-Burke’s Bulldogs (23-19/12-10) will play four road games among their six-game conference schedule this week against three other teams mathematically in contention.  Two of the series this week have been re-scheduled for weeks through a season that’s been ravaged by inclement weather. In last week’s schedule shuffling, the Bulldogs had to cope with four doubleheaders in six days (Sunday, April 15-Friday, April 20), and managed only a 4-4 outcome against Northeast, Paris and TVCC twice. Of the four games played last week at Cummings Field, the Bulldogs went 1-3. Their backs are squarely against the wall now. Navarro plays Monday against second-place Bossier Parish (36-10/17-5) at Bossier, La., — originally set as one of the zone-opening doubleheaders way back on March 10.  The Bulldogs have their regularly scheduled twinbill Wednesday at Kilgore (18-22/11-13) against the Lady Rangers at the year-old Ballpark at KC Commons.  Finally, on Saturday — Region XIV’s final day of regular-season games — NC will host Angelina (27-14/15-7) in a...

  • Navarro’s softball team, now mixing rescheduled games with regular ones, find themselves in the middle of a four-doubleheader stretch this week as they focus on qualifying for the Region XIV Tournament. Coach Jessica Karenke-Burke’s Bulldogs (21-17/10-8) travel Wednesday to Paris and face the Lady Dragons in a 1 pm doubleheader. The twinbill against PJC will be its third in four days. The Bulldogs need their first sweep since March 30 to secure a stronger grip on one of the top four East Zone qualifying slots for the region tournament scheduled May 4-7 at Lamar State-Port Arthur. Another sweep over PJC would sweeten chances since the Bulldogs split re-scheduled twinbills with Northeast Texas here Sunday and also with Trinity Valley at Athens Monday.  Following the trends that saw the Bulldogs split four of their last five conference doubleheaders, Navarro rallied for second-game wins. Monday on Drumgoole Field at Cain Park in Athens, Navarro hammered TVCC 14-2 in a five-inning, second game after the Cardinals took a 6-4 opener.  The Bulldogs rolled to an 11-0 second-game advantage in four innings. Meanwhile, on Sunday at Jesse and Lou Cummings Field, NC triumphed 4-1 in the nightcap after dropping a 9-5 decision in Game...

  • By MIKE MONTFORT   — Navarro Softball rides a wave of momentum from significant doubleheader splits with nationally ranked Bossier Parish and Tyler — the kind of wave that may put other Region XIV teams on a tsunami alert. The Bulldogs (19-13/8-4) secured a second doubleheader split with East Zone leaders in a five-day span on Sunday here at Cummings Field — again scoring a confidence-building, second-game win behind the pitching of freshman righthander Chelsea Vandiver. Navarro came back from a 9-3 first-game loss Sunday to beat the third-ranked Apache Ladies, 4-3. The Bulldogs broke Tyler’s nine-game winning streak, and sliced a game off TJC’s lead in the East Zone race. Vandiver threw 127 pitches in the seven-inning, complete-game victory, scattered 10 hits (9 singles), and stranded 10 baserunners against a TJC squad that ranks among NJCAA Division I statistics’ Top 15 in batting average (.388), hits (437), runs scored (368), runs-batted-in (331), home runs (43), and slugging percentage (.599). In contrast, the Bulldogs managed only nine hits during 14 innings Sunday — only four in the Game 2 win, but none after the third inning. In Game 2, Tyler stranded two runners in each of the first three innings...

  • BY MIKE MONTFORT  — Navarro softball extended its winning streak to five games with a conference doubleheader sweep over Kilgore here Friday at Jesse and Lou Cummings Field. The Bulldogs slipped past the Lady Rangers 4-3 and 4-1 as they improved to 17-11 overall and 6-2 in East Zone play.  Navarro currently sits in third place behind Tyler, which crushed Paris in a pair of five-inning games, 17-1 and 21-2, Friday. Navarro rallied for an exciting first-game win Friday as third baseman Yasmin Melero belted a one-out, three-run home run to left field in the sixth inning off starter Katy Worrell to make the difference.  Melero’s team-high fifth home run of the season put NC starter Chelsea Vandiver in position to nail down a complete-game victory. Vandiver, who threw 134 pitches in the game, issued a two-out walk in the seventh.  After a visit in the circle from head coach Jessica Karenke-Burke, Vandiver induced a fielder’s choice grounder that forced the potential tying run at second base and ended the game.  She surrendered five hits, walked five, allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out six. Kilgore got its first run in the top of the second as sophomore third...

  • Navarro softball made short order of Paris here Saturday, sweeping the Dragons in a pair of five-inning games by the count of 12-3 and 14-1. Coach Jessica Karenke=Burke’s Bulldogs improved to 15-11 overall and 4-2 in East Zone play, heading into Wednesday’s doubleheader in Athens against Trinity Valley at Cain Park. In Saturday’s first game, the Bulldogs paraded 14 hitters to the plate in the first inning and scored 11 runs — featuring grand slams by third baseman Yasmin Melero and designated hitter Zoe Miranda.  Two Paris pitchers threw 60 pitches to get through the first inning against Navarro. Miranda went 2-for-2, scored twice and knocked in five runs in the abbreviated contest.  Melero went 1-for-2, scored a run and knocked in four.  Leftfielder Maddie Moore walked twice, scored two runs and knocked in another. In the nightcap, Navarro exploded for seven runs in the third and in the fourth innings to coast past the Dragons. Moore went 2-for-5, scored twice and knocked in four runs to lead the Bulldogs.  Second baseman Kora Heine went 2-for-3, scored twice and plated two more runs. Pitchers Katlynn Kaminski and Elisa Suarez combined on a two-hitter in the second game.

  • Navarro softball split its home-season opening doubleheader Friday against Western Nebraska Community College. The Cougars won the first game 10-3, but the Bulldogs bounced back for a 6-1 nightcap victory at Jesse and Lou Cummings Field. Western Nebraska (6-20) broke a 13-game losing streak with its first-game victory Friday.  The Scottsbluff, Neb., based team was finishing up a 10-game, spring break barnstorming tour of Region XIV.  WNCC had played four games at Tyler, plus doubleheaders at TVCC, Angelina and Navarro during the week before returning home for Region IX play. Navarro salvaged the split as leftfielder Maddie Moore, second baseman Kora Heine, and rightfielder Makenzie Miller knocked in runs to back the combined four-hit pitching of Elisa Suarez and Megan Segree. Moore knocked in two runs and scored one for NC. Suarez yielded two hits and a walk during 4.1 innings in the circle for NC.  Segree gave up like numbers while pitching the final 2.2. WNCC broke the shutout bid by scoring an unearned run in the seventh inning. In the opening game, WNCC exploded for seven fourth-inning runs and added two in the fifth.  NC had scored a first-inning run for starter Katlynn Kaminski, who worked 3.1 innings....

  • Someday soon — Friday, March 16 is the target — Navarro softball will play its home opener at Cummings Field. Believe it or not, Coach Jessica Karenke-Burke’s Bulldogs have played 18 games on the road this season. They are 10-8.  Outings have been spaced so far apart by weather conditions that it seems like they only have played about half that many. Rain and inclement weather disrupted February and is messing up March.  Whether in Galveston, in Fort Worth, in Longview or at round-robin in Cisco, neither the Bulldogs nor anyone else has yet to complete a full tournament schedule.  Even the occasional doubleheaders at Hill, McLennan and Weatherford were cancelled or re-synchronized on calendars. Now this problem is starting to plague the start of the Region XIV season.  Navarro was scheduled to open its conference season with a doubleheader last Saturday at Bossier Parish, but it was postponed and must be reset. NC will try Wednesday to play its first game in 11 days — since an 11-10 win over San Jacinto on March 3 — when it travels to Lufkin.  The Bulldogs are scheduled to face the Angelina Roadrunners in a 3 pm doubleheader that will be their...

  • By MIKE PHILLIPS / Corsicana Sun There’s nothing worse than standing on the sidelines and watching someone else decide your fate, your season, your dream. Take that bitter memory and throw it in the mix along with five (yes, 5) new pitchers on the mound, some added speed and an All-American bat in the middle of the lineup who cares as much about the team as she cares about her OPS or any other stat they use to measure All-Americans these days and you start to get an idea about the 2018 Navarro softball team. But then again, that’s just a starting point. There’s so much more to this team. “We have more heart,’’ said Krissy Johnson, one of six sophomores who believes Navarro’s Dawgs will flip their fortunes around this season. And she believes that because she believes in her teammates — every one of them. The Dawgs open their season on Friday in Galveston, where they will have a dugout full of question marks, but no one questions this team’s heart. Just listen to Yasmin Melero, who also returns. “We’re more of a team this year,” she said. “Everyone is here for the player next to them.” “We...

  • WACO — Coach Jessica Karenke-Burke’s Navarro softball program meets the Baylor Lady Bears for a 1 pm Saturday fall exhibition at Getterman Stadium. Navarro is one of several junior college programs invited to workout against coach Glenn Moore’s Lady Bears during their limited fall schedule. Baylor returns 10 players, including  seven starters from a 48-15 team that last year advanced to its fourth ever appearance in the NCAA Division I Women’s College World Series.